Department of Africana Studies

Africana Studies at Brown

Located in the historic Churchill House on the campus of Brown University, the Department of Africana Studies is the intellectual center for faculty and students interested in the artistic, historical, literary, and theoretical expressions of the various cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Since 1968, the Department has been a rich site for analysis, artistic production, and community building.

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Out of Frame: Reframing Development Studies

Prof. Geri Augusto asked her seminar class—what if we rooted our development studies analysis in American settler colonialism and racial slavery, rather than in overseas empires?
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Congratulating Dr. Watufani Poe, PhD '21

This year, Africana Studies celebrates Dr. Watufani Poe as he completes the Ph.D. program. We are proud of his work and delighted by his accomplishments.
The Department’s rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs are designed and driven by one of the leading faculties in the discipline.
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Africana Studies presents a broad range of courses that engage with the histories, ideas, social and political life of Africa and the African Diaspora, including literature, the arts, cultural studies, history, politics, philosophy, feminism, and the legacy of scientific racism.
The graduate program trains students to become skilled and informed scholars poised to make significant contributions to academic and nonacademic communities.
Rites and Reason Theatre is a research and development theatre producing new creative works that analyze and articulate the experiences and expressions of the African Diaspora.